February Horoscope: Open the Heart

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Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

What do you love? As February begins, affectionate Venus conjuncts intuitive Neptune in sensitive and sentimental Pisces, sextiles profound Pluto, and asks us this question. The Sun and Mercury begin the month in communal Aquarius, Mars in globetrotting Sagittarius, and they ask us to take this question larger: what do we love in the world, and what are we willing to do to support our love? Whether that is koalas or a candidate, a person or country, we’re asked to put our money and time where our sentiment resides.

Mercury enters imaginative Pisces on February 3 and tempts us to dream rather than do until February 7 when Venus enters energizing Aries. Mars enters industrious Capricorn February 16, encouraging us to gear up. We need to proceed with attention and care as Mercury also stations to turn retrograde February 16 – March 9. We can feel stress as the stars paradoxically ask us to both hurry up and hold still, but we can direct this tension to make progress on unfinished projects and familiar problems.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Old concerns can bother you as the month begins. Don’t believe these old voices; this just brings up another chance on your evolutionary spiral to heal old doubts. People find you lovable as Venus enters Aries February 7, but as Mercury retrogrades in Pisces February 16, much stirs up behind-the-scenes and within your psyche. Make it a healing moment.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Pay attention to the sensitive energy fields between you and your beloved friends. Loan your gentle strength, but do not underestimate what your beloveds are experiencing. Validate their feelings. Life grows more active after February 16, as Mars enters Capricorn and trines Uranus. Keep action slow and steady rather than bunny-hopping forward and back.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Work may be complicated for you this month; nurture it along when the coast is clear, but don’t get caught up in other people’s complications. Hold steady as Mercury retrogrades mid-month; prioritize safety. Renew old contacts and complete unfinished cycles through the end of the month.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Find safe and productive ways to be sensitive this month. Use your interpersonal awareness for the benefit of all. Other people’s feelings are sensitized and you’ll need to step out of yourself to help. Let it all be a learning experience. Watch your temper mid-month — easy does it. Reconnect with distant work and social contacts after February 23.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…It’s easy for you to become passive and dreamy this month, because there’s so much going on in your psyche and behind-the-scenes; dream away, but don’t get lost. Help stabilize the energies mid-month; don’t feed reactivity. Your story becomes important later in the month, so share what you’ve learned. Practice empathetic patience February 28.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Give yourself room to have your feelings, but get your work done early this month. Impatience collides with mishaps mid-month, so keep your efforts gentle and steady. Research and be vigilant about misunderstandings towards the end of the month.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Appreciate the beauty of gentle hearts and the creative process this first week. Don’t take a certain fierceness in your cohorts personally after February 7. Be patient with other people’s snafus mid-month. Good karma returns to you around February 23 as Venus squares Jupiter. Honor emotional February 28 as Venus squares Pluto.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Emotions are cranked up this month, and your romantic, creative and family life may sprout complications. Instead of trying to figure it out or get fierce, just keep everything steady; listen more and say less unless needed to straighten out a misunderstanding. Watch the knots unwind next month.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…You like your home life simple, but it’s not this month. Feelings get hurt easily, and your usual honesty can ring as tactless. Apply patience and humor, but most of all, listen. Find a project to push forward after February 7; one project under your control will help you be patient elsewhere.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Everyone’s a bit touchy this February, which can slow you down just when you feel the need to progress. Find poetic ways to express: take time to smell the roses as the month begins, work around frustrations mid-month, and lean steadily into work, without pushing, towards the end of the month.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…With some finesse you can negotiate material goods and finances into a more comfortable position. Pay off old bills, collect money and favors owed to you, give away what you don’t need, and repair what you do. Grow the material security needed to feed your creative spark.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Be clear with your message, and don’t take the emotional static around you personally. Loan your empathy and keep your eyes working on goals and healthy connections. Look for opportunities with old friends or contacts around February 23 as Venus squares Jupiter; react evenly and appropriately to personal challenges.

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